New cellulosic materials for packaging: approaches for food and e-commerce



Around 50 million tonnes of flexible packaging are produced annually globally. This represents about 40% of all plastic packaging produced by weight. This flexible packaging is mainly single-use, disposable and unlikely or unlikely to be recycled.

Rafael Sánchez, Saúl Calabuig, Alejandro Prieto and Jesús Palenzuela – ITENE


At the same time, they represent a significant proportion of the plastics discharged into the oceans, representing 80% of the total, of which 29% are multilayer plastics and 51% are monomaterial flexible packaging, thus presenting a very complex recyclability.


In 2015, the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy was defined, which states that by 2030 all plastic packaging should be reusable or capable of being recycled in a cost-effective way. Derived from this Action Plan was Directive 2018/852 on packaging and packaging waste, which establishes minimum targets for reuse and recycling of plastic waste for the medium and long term: 50% by 2025 and 55% by 2030, as well as recycling of a minimum of...READING MORE AT

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